Friday, January 8, 2016

The Whistle Activity Monitor For Dogs - Take 2

   Last July, I wrote a post about Bentley’s new Whistle™ Activity Monitor. It is, for lack of a better description, a FitBit® for your dog. You can refer to my original post to learn the basic information and phone requirements. We have been using it for six months and I thought it was time for an update. There are three words that come to mind; I Love it!
Bentley Basset wearing hat and WhIstle Activity Monitor

How to Begin Using Your Whistle
   The Whistle only weighs 16 grams and easily attaches to your pet’s collar. You download the free Whistle app and sync it to your smartphone through the Bluetooth®/Wi-Fi settings. The entire process is very simple even if you are not exactly tech savvy. There is a button on the side of the device that you push to connect it to your phone. You receive activity updates every hour.

What Will Your Whistle Monitor?
   You set the amount of activity time that you feel is best for your dog taking in consideration their breed and age. You will also be able to compare their rate to other dogs of similar description. The Whistle will show you the level of intensity that your dog is exerting and the time that it occurs. You will get a message when you have reached your daily goal. It will also message you for any change in the level of activity. If your dog is feeling sick and is sleeping more than normal, the Whistle will let you know they have been less active than normal. There is also a place to add what and how much that your dog eats. 
   You can set reminders about any medications that your pet is taking. Bentley takes his monthly heartworm medicine and I have the app set so that it will alert me on that day. I have accidentally missed a dosage by a day or more by not looking at my wall calendar. This is a great reminder so you never miss administering a pill. All of these features are very user-friendly.
                            Photo provided by Whistle.com
Whistle sends you a weekly report that details:
·        Daily Activity/Average Activity per day/Most Active day.
·        Average Rest per day/Most Restful day
·        How many people contributed to your dog’s activities
·        Any photos that you shared

You Can Make Whistle Friends
   I have only recently joined the Whistle community. The app allows you to connect with other Whistle users. You can post photos of your dog’s adventures and join in the discussion board. I’m anxious to get more involved as I step up my own activity regiment. There is no shortage of beautiful and active dogs from all over the country that are Whistling. I have made a number of friends and we are following each other as well as our dogs. You can “like” photos and message each other.

What if I need help?
   If you have any trouble with your Whistle, the support team is very fast with their response. I recently had some trouble keeping my Whistle synched. I wrote and explained my problem. The next day I had a letter explaining how to reset my device. They also checked back to make sure that I was satisfied. I was extremely happy with the support and to have Bentley back on track.

The Bottom Line
   Before I began using the Whistle Activity Monitor, I had no idea exactly how much exercise Bentley was getting each day. Thanks to the information provided, I can now be sure that he reaches his daily goal. I have to credit the Whistle as one of the key factors in him losing 15 pounds. His last veterinarian check-up showed him at his ideal weight! That hasn’t happened in a long time.
   The Whistle is waterproof and extremely durable. The battery usually lasts about 10 days and is recharged by plugging the charger into your computer’s USB port for one-hour. You will receive a message when the battery is running low and again when it is charged.
Whistle Activity Monitor recharging on laptop
   You can purchase your Whistle on their site for $79.00. It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. I have seen them for sell in pet stores for $99.00 so online is the better deal. To me, it is a small price to pay to know that Bentley is getting enough exercise. It also motivates me to get off my seat and move my feet. If you have decided that 2016 is the year that you and your dog get in shape, the Whistle Activity Monitor could be a game changer.

   Whistle can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can learn more from this cute video,


*I was not asked or compensated in any way to give this updated review. I felt that the benefits that we are getting from our Whistle could be helpful information to you. Whistle.com is not responsible for this post. 

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46 comments :

  1. What a great thingy....my peeps need LOTS of reminders....like take me fur my WALKIES.......NOW!!!!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. You sure are taking your fitness program seriously Bentley. Those six pack abs are a reality for you I think!

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  3. that will certainly help with that get and go routine :)

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  4. Schooner has a Whistle and I love it! I have a fitbit and we both try everyday to met our goals. If we are short in minutes we run up and down the stairs!

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  5. Oh wow, this is super cool!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  6. I think Cocoa might break it, lol. It would be saying STOP STOP!! You need to rest more and calm down!! Seriously though it is a cool product.

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  7. THAT is sooooooo cool drool... Now we wonder if there is a whistle fur gauging NAPS... one MUST have the correct number and duration of THOSE each day also... BALANCE is KEY...RIGHT?...

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    1. The Whistle actually DOES record how much sleep that you get each day! When we first used it, I realized that Bentley slept way too much...even for a Basset Hound! BOL!

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  8. Congratulations on your fit and trim plan. That sounds like a great product.

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  9. Sounds like Whistle is a cool thing to get! Thanks for the review!

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  10. Dat is sooooooooo cool! I bet da Whistle can even track when I chase bunnies out of my yard.
    I didn't even know dat dey has titbit's for us pups.
    High Paws on da weight loss.
    Wags,
    Ranger

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  11. Wow, how cool is that?! Technology can be very amazing.

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  12. That's a great way to stay in shape Bentley!

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  13. this is a cool tech tool!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  14. The Whistle sounds wonderful! I like the idea that it can remind you about medication time. Great job on the weight loss Bentley!

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  15. Wow, that's really cool. Love the idea of the activity monitor.

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  16. This is really cool. I worry sometimes, especially in the winter, that the dogs aren't getting as much exercise as they should. This would be such a big help for that, we might have to get one.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  17. It's great that he's at his perfect weight now! Right now, we're doing it much less scientifically. Mr. N gets weighed every so often and I up his exercise if needed.

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  18. Yay for Bentley! We've been thinking about getting the whistle activity monitor for at least Phoenix. I'm curious to see how far they actually run!

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  19. Fitbit for doggies!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  20. I am constantly amazed at the ingenious people who keep coming up with cool technological devices for our dogs.

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  21. If I get a Whistle will momma know all da stuff I do while she's at work.... oh no! Ha ha ha! Seriously, we're thinking of getting one of deez type of devices and da Whistle sounds like da best so far, thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. I love it and it's a great way to keep track of your activity level. Let me know if you get one and we can follow each other in the community.☺

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  22. What a wonderful device! While we are kitties, we do understand the value and importance of daily exercise. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties.

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  23. OMD, I don't thinks I'll gets that or I'll become as obsessed with it as Ma is with hers!!!! She isn't happy unless she gets 'ALL GREEN' in her daily report!!!
    Then again, maybe Ma will take me for MORE walkies (two a day is just not enough you know!), and she will be sure to hit her 'all green'! BOL!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  24. This is such a clever concept - daily exercise is vital to our health and wellbeing whether we're a human, cat or dog! Thanks for a great post.

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  25. This is a really pawsome device! I love all of the options it gives you as a pet owner. Those med reminders could be priceless! If you have medications of your own, it can be hard to keep track of those pet meds too.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  26. Faraday: Allie soooooooooooo needs this. I mean, seriouslies, I can only chase her so many hours of the day, and how else is she supposed to get FIT?

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  27. I've been looking at Whistles for awhile but didn't know anyone that used one on their dogs. Great testimonial - I'm intrigued so will buy this and check it out!

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  28. The Whistle Activity Monitor sounds really cool - what a great way for pet parents to keep track of their dogs' activities! The addition of a Whistle community is really pawesome and a great way to make new puppy and pet parent friends. :)

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  29. Very very cool. You wear it well Bentley.

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  30. I got a FitBit for myself and loved it but must admit, my knees got so bad and I misplaced the little charger bit and stopped using. Time to get back at it and this sounds great for Kilo the Pug.

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  31. I've heard great things about the Whistle. I know it's perfect for people who work out of the home to monitor their dog's activity.

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  32. What a cool product, its the first we heard about it! Love Dolly

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  33. What a neat device. A perfect way to start the new year too and share your goals and your dog's goals with other users. Sounds like a great product, especially when you mentioned the great customer support. That is sometimes hard to find these days. Thanks for sharing your update. Congrats on the weight loss too Bentley

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  34. What a cool gadget! I'd love to see the results when we do agility.

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  35. We purchased Whistle's GPS/activity monitor. Our choice was made in part thanks to you and, after only 2 days, we love it! Thank you!

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  36. We purchased Whistle's GPS/activity monitor. Our choice was made in part thanks to you and, after only 2 days, we love it! Thank you!

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  37. Wow, Bentley lost 15 lbs!? That is fantastic. This whistle sounds like such a helpful product, I'm so glad it's helping monitor Bentley's activity goals and that he's doing so great with it!
    love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  38. Amazing! I had no idea there was even such a thing. Great job, Bentley!

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